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Encountering Development ED is essential reading for anyone interested in or working in development. Dec 28, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref. I really enjoyed his arguments, but I found his writing incredibly difficult. In the Saidian tradition also Foucaultthe Third World is a site of intervention for power developmnet knowledge, a field in which to work, and a place where the other is reproduced in order to reaffirm hegemonic identity in this case, Western dominance and the ethos of the market.

But then I realized Escobar does something few scholars have done. Is it true though never mentioned in escobaar book that some recipients of development aid in the past are now net exporters of aid themselves? Anyone can make a point in semi-intellectual sentences with big words, basicly saying “First world countries are ethnocentric and patronising towards third world. Escobar rarely delves into the details of specific case studies where communities were destabilized by development efforts, and fails to describe a specific kind of action or even a specific way of thinking and talking about these issues that would combat the problems he brings up.

Are these policies cherry-picked? Sep 16, Carrie rated it really liked it. Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics. Disagreement becomes not a matter of evidence, but mere difference in interpretation.

Mar 26, Ce rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Making and Unmaking of the Third World that international development became a mechanism of control comparable to colonialism or ” cultural imperialism that poor countries had little means of declining politely”.


Preview — Encountering Development by Arturo Escobar. At the very develppment of the book he makes some vague comments about cyborg culture and hybridity, in the process glossing over the fact that legacies of modernization still directly affect the “developing world” and that appeals to cyber-culture probably don’t resonate a whole lot with, I don’t know, people who can’t grow their own food because agribusiness poisons their crops and steals their water.

Arturo Escobar (anthropologist)

For first world citizens, this book might sound like fiction or exaggerated. The best book out there for development thinkers. One of the worst aspects of this book is what it fails to focus on. This brings me to my second problem with the book, and the one that is to me most frustrating. Paperbackpages.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World by Arturo Escobar

By referring to the three continents of South America, Africa, and Asia as “underdeveloped” and in encounterign of significant change to achieve progress, Truman set in motion a reorganization of bureaucracy around thinking and acting to systematically change the ” third world “.

Related articles Original affluent society Artuto vs substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development. When development fails under these auspices we scratch our head and wonder How did the postwar discourse on development actually create the so-called Third World?

The ideas he presents are thought-provoking, and his research is deep.

Feb 11, Sovatha rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. After a brief stint in government working in Colombia’s Department of National Planning, in Bogotafrom to[3] in he received an interdisciplinary Ph.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

The chapters were poorly developnent into specific themes, and seemed to run into one single, over-long narrative. On the one hand I think it does a really good job of grounding development discourse in its historically specific context and showing why representation is important.


This led him to artuto that “development planning was not only a problem to the extent that it failed; it was a problem even when it succeeded, because it so strongly set the terms for how people in poor countries could live”. This book will remain a controversial classic for everyone interested in development, both those critical of development and those hoping to become practitioners.

Trivia About Encountering Deve Rich with theoretical debates between Foucault- the author’s favorite theorist who he spares no critique- Habermas, Laclau and Homi Bhabha. For instance, Escobar be This book has so many esfobar that perhaps it’s probably worth focusing on the positives for a moment. Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. He levels a rncountering up powerful critique of positivst methodology and epistemilogy that reaches the high altar priest of capitalism: It calls the whole project into question.

I agree that we must develop a new way of viewing the “Third World”, as the present constructed view is inaccurate. Yet instead of destroying this concept theoretically once and developmfnt all, the author drops the issue only to employ those terms himself throughout the book! Feb 27, Jonathan rated it liked it. For a person with many severe ecobar of postmodernism, I felt that this book contributed to the overwhelming tendency of postmodernist works to avoid reflection on their own contentious positions.

Jan 23, Kirk rated it liked it. He subsequently traveled to the United States to earn a master’s degree in food science and international nutrition at Cornell University in